Embrace the Mystery

For more from Harry Emerson Fosdick, see his famous sermon, “Shall The Fundamentalists Win?”


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  • MattB

    Happy Easter Dr.McGrath! #HeisRisen

  • http://againstjebelallawz.wordpress.com/ Enopoletus Harding

    I completely disagree with both the spirit and letter of this quote. I would not like to be stuck in the Paleolithic, but live in a time when most of the world’s mysteries are no longer mysterious.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      I wonder why you understood the quote as I did. There is nothing backwards-looking in it. It is about appreciating the fact that we inhabit a cosmos that continues to surprise us, not about closing one’s mind to understanding it. And as to whether most mysteries are no longer mysterious, past assertions to that effect have regularly seemed premature in light of new discoveries.

      • http://againstjebelallawz.wordpress.com/ Enopoletus Harding

        I consider surprise and not having to close one’s mind to be a necessary evil, like government. I, for one, am glad that the mysteries of flight, infectious disease, and electromagnetic radiation are less mysterious than they used to be.

        • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

          Indeed. I don’t see anything in the quote that is contrary to that sentiment. But would you really be happy if there were nothing left to discover, no new realms to explore, no new things to learn?

  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/100000023960330/ John Pieret

    And I would prefer to live in a world where my mind was not too small to strive mightily to understand it.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      Don’t you? Did you understand Fosdick to be saying otherwise?